by Kathy Elias Next month, about 60 incoming and current synagogue presidents will go on retreat with United Synagogue staff in our Sulam for Presidents program. (Sulam means “ladder” in Hebrew.) Coming from all over the continent, their congregations will differ in size and pressing issues, but as individuals, the presidents will be very similar. They'll be excited, honored to be taking on this sacred responsibility, and not quite sure how to … [Read more...] about Finding Conservative Judaism’s New “Trim Tab” Leaders
Hadassah Hospital files for court protection Action follows credit lines being cancelled I write this as a resident of Jerusalem. I write this is a 2x surgical patient at Hadassah - one of the finest hospitals in Israel - who has nothing but good to say about the treatment and care provided by world class surgeons and a trained, caring and over-worked medical staff. And I write this because I am angry. No, I'm furious: At the "good … [Read more...] about Hadassah: As the Hospital Files Bankruptcy, Incompetence Rules
As a formerly unengaged Millennial, who was inspired to build Jewish experiences for people like me, I’m writing not simply to offer criticism but also to share insights. by Rachel Cort I’m not your typical Jewish professional. I didn’t go to Jewish day school, or Jewish summer camp, or youth group. While I have two Jewish parents, I celebrated Christmas every year with my extended, non-Jewish family until I was twelve. My Jewish education … [Read more...] about A Millennial Speaks
by Alan Klugman In the 29 years since I left Israel and returned to the United States, Israel's ability to narrow the socioeconomic divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” has decreased roughly by 35%. According to current statistics, more than 30% of Israel’s school aged children, are being raised below the poverty line. These children come to school hungry and without lunch. Rising inequality has emerged as the grave effects of … [Read more...] about Income Inequality and Philanthropy Intersect
by Lee Perlman Full disclosure: I enjoy Benji Lovitt's comedy. I am an old colleague of Dr. Zohar Raviv. I am a Tel Aviv patriot of 25 years standing. I was on the R&D 'Tel Aviv team' which helped develop the Birthright model in the mid-1990's. I believe that applied research and evaluation enhance philanthropic impact. I'd like to widen the lens and slightly shift the focus of the discussion at hand. The subtitle of this piece is … [Read more...] about Artists Etc. – Are We Maximizing Israeli Arts and Culture as An Engagement Tool?